The Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Chamber Orchestra of Europe


The Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) was founded in 1981 by a group of young musicians who became acquainted as part of the European Community Youth Orchestra (now EUYO). There are now about 60 members of the COE, who pursue parallel careers as principals or section leaders of nationally-based orchestras, as eminent chamber musicians, and as tutors of music.

From the start, the COE’s identity was shaped by its partnerships with leading conductors and soloists. It was Claudio Abbado above all who served as an important mentor in the early years. He led the COE in staged works such as Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims and Il barbiere di Siviglia and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni and conducted numerous concerts featuring works by Schubert and Brahms in particular. Nikolaus Harnoncourt also had a major influence on the development of the COE through his performances and recordings of all of the Beethoven symphonies, as well as through opera productions at the Salzburg, Vienna, and Styriarte festivals.

Currently the Orchestra works closely with Sir András Schiff and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who are both Honorary Members alongside Bernard Haitink and Nikolaus and Alice Harnoncourt.

The COE has strong links with many of the major festivals and concert halls in Europe including the Cologne Philharmonie, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, Paris Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. In partnership with the Kronberg Academy, the COE becomes the first-ever Orchestra-in-residence at the Casals Forum in Kronberg from 2022. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe will also be Orchestra-in-residence at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt from 2022.

With more than 250 works in its discography, the COE’s CDs have won numerous international prizes, including two Grammys and three Gramophone Record of the Year Awards. Their most recent release is an archive recording of the Schubert Symphonies, performed at the Styriarte Festival in Graz in 1988 with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, released by ICA Classics.


  • Jul 2023 - Jul 2023

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor) Lisa Batiashvili (violin) Brahms: Symphony No.3, Symphony No.4, Piano Quintet, Clarinet Quintet, Violin Concerto, Farrenc: Symphony No.1 Baden Baden Festspielhaus: La Capitale d’Été Festival

  • Nov 2022 - Nov 2022
    South Korea

    Kirill Karabits (conductor) Sunwook Kim (piano) Beethoven: Symphony No.7, Piano Concert No.3, Piano Concerto No.4, Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 'Italian' Seoul Arts Centre | Lotte Concert Hall | Daegu Concert House | Arts Center Incheon

  • Jul 2021 - Jul 2021

    Chamber Orchestra of Europe Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor) Siobhan Stagg (soprano) Ekaterina Gubanova (alto) Werner Güra (tenor) Florian Boesch (bass) Accentus Choir Complete Beethoven Symphony Cycle Baden Baden Festspielhaus: La Capitale d’Été Festival